Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 00:10 UTC, submitted by SReilly
In the News "Spain last night killed a controversial anti-P2P bill that would have made it easier to shut down websites that link to infringing content. The move was a blow to the ruling Socialist government, but it may be of even bigger concern to the US, which pushed, threatened, and cajoled Spain to clamp down on downloading. And Wikileaks can take a share of the credit for the defeat."
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RE[2]: Not just anti-P2P
by Netwalker on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 12:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Not just anti-P2P"
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P2P is legal almost everywhere. What is not legal in many places is the sharing of copyrighted material without consent.

Next: file sharing is not "perfectly legal" in Spain. It is something called, in the law world, "alegal" which means something is not regulated nor prohibited.

Walking on the street isn't regulated nor prohibited, and doesn't make it alegal either. Besides, there IS a law that regulates sharing of copyright material, by the way. It's NOT legal UNLESS the material is copied from a legal source, there's no "animo de lucro" (intention of getting rich), and it's for personal use. This is clear as water for the judges, that have been issuing not guilty to every file sharing case here in Spain.

Now, the tax thing. This is what troubles me more. What is know here as "canon" IS NOT A TAX!!! it is not for the government nor for the cities or any public organization you may think of: it's for a private organization known as SGAE(kind of RIAA in Spain)!!!

Yes, I forgot to mention this detail. This is totally true. It's kind of a private company tax. Think of it as if Disney would get money from the TV set builders, just in case you use their TV sets to watch one of their movies. Guess who is paying it at the end...

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